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Feb 15, 2013 11:05pm PST
billion. it took more than $700 million to elect just a third of the senate. the two presidential candidates raised more than a billion a piece. the website politico added it all up to find that the total number of dollars spent on the 2012 election exceeded the number of people on this planet -- some seven billion. most of it didn't come from the average joe and jane. 60% of all super pac donations came from just 159 people. and the top 32 super pac donors gave an average of $9.9 million dollars. think how many teachers that much money could hire. we'll never actually know where all of the money comes from. one-third of the billion dollars from outside groups was "dark money," secret funds anonymously funneled through fictional "social welfare" organizations. those are front groups, created to launder the money inside the deep pockets. and don't let anyone ever tell you the money didn't make a difference. more than 80% of house candidates and 2/3 of senate candidates who outspent their general election opponents won, and were present and counted as the new congress prepared to he
Feb 21, 2013 1:30pm PST
amending the missal elections code sections, withdraw of canadian das si, change the public inspection period for candidate materials change requirements for petition circulated badges to meet the requirement of disclaimer, the board of supervisor's argument, incorporate state law provision governing signatures in lieu of filing feels, candidate files fee provisions and make other technical amendments. >> thank you. and i would like to welcome supervisor malia cohen. so, supervisor kim, would you like to make some comments on this. >> thank you, supervisor yee, and i appreciate the rules taking the time to hear this cleanup legislation, as many of you know in june of 2011, the supreme court made a decision in a 5-4 vote in response to independent expenditures, substantially burdens the first amendment rights of these independent expenditures and also stated that leveling the playing field for candidates is not a compelling state interest justifying a restriction in any type of first amendment rights. many members of this board were saddened by this decision and spoke out in
Feb 17, 2013 6:00pm EST
candidates who outspent their general election opponents won, and were present and counted as the new congress prepared to hear the president. remember, money doesn't necessarily corrupt legislators, but it certainly tilts them. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. >> so let's share some snapshots from the state of the union. that's speaker of the house john boehner, of course. he's led his party to ptectro wa t veee ohtomigrs and accountability. the finance, insurance, and real estate industries gave him more than $3 million last year. eric cantor is the republican majority leader in the house. among his biggest donors, goldman sachs, masterminds of the mortgage-backed securities that almost sank the world economy. cantor's also the third largest recipient of money from the national rifle association in the house, which is one reason he's such a "big gun" there. senator rigert menendez, democrat of new jersey, may be in hot water. he's currently under investigation for allegations that he imprope
Feb 23, 2013 6:00am PST
some follow-up legislation, some clean-up on the department of elections side as well, so our legislation last spring reworked the public financing program but we also need to do accompanying legislation to clean up some of the timelines and dates with the department of elections and i do want to thank public relations of elections, also to speak on the legislation for their work in helping us really going through everything and ensuring that we dotted every i and crossed every t and i know it was a lot of work for their staff. largely, the proposal would amend the municipal election code to incorporate the state law allowing the nomination procedures for city college and board of education for example to continue to be governed by state law but also changing some of the dates for the board of supervisors and for other -- our may yoirl race as well sx, also we made some other nominations according to the advice of elections, around the circulation of badges and filing fees, i would also like to ask the rules committee to consider making some amendments today, further clean-up
Feb 17, 2013 5:30am PST
malaysia. we have more. he was in the fact-finding mission in malaysia before the elections. he was denied entry on orders of the malaysian and government. in australia he spoke to us from adelaide. is in government is trying to downplay the importance of his own visit. >> let's clear this up. the is a line being said by prime minister. i am very that up with his apologist line. there were three other members of the trillion parliament coming on this visit and two of them actually had a program from a special minister of state. we're all went to provide a report involving members of the opposition and myself as an independent. to call this an unofficial visit is a little bit pejorative on behalf of the foreign minister of australia. we were there to help the electoral commission and provide a report to the austrian parliament on malaysia. primeed up with our minister trying to diminish this visit in the way that he has. >> he described him as an apologist. you're going there to look at how free and fair election would be and that is ruffling his brothers? >> i'm very grateful for hi
Feb 22, 2013 7:00am EST
business-friendly. a third economy is italy. that's faring even poorer. going into an election this weekend, the economy is still expected to some rnk by .1% now. -- schrenk by .1%. >> italy continues to contract for the next year, pretty significantly, much more than france and germany, which everyone has been focusing on today. i think we can expect italy's economic performance to be bad the next couple of years. >> but there is a growing consensus things could even get worse depending on the election results this weekend. it's been called the make or break election. if the winner departs too far from the economic reforms which were put in place by the outgoing president, the markets could turn against italy once again. our correspondent spoke to one of italy's most successful entrepreneurses, the man behind a jeans company. he certainly has his concerns about the abilities of all the candidates going forward. >> just thinking about the tuation, just to make some little adjust, readjust, what exists. it's not really a program how to do something for this. one can maybe give it bac
Feb 17, 2013 11:00am EST
-election? we saw in there temporary the defeat of chuck hagel's nomination, leaving the president without a pentagon secretary and there seems to be more where that came from. we decide to look at how this past tuesday, state of the union day played out starting with valerie jarrett on "morning joe" making the case there for bipartisanship. here she was at dawn. >> he's determined to work and move our country forward. chris: not so fast. three hours later kelly o'donnell on nbc. >> the president had some sharp words. here's the key quote -- don't think he's got the guts to do it. chris: later that afternoon in the fight over chuck hagel, two republicans questioned the loyalty of vietnam vet hagel. >> we saw with his nomination something truly extraordinary, the government of iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. >> i would say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any closeyer then that. chris: that was the backdrop by 9:00 that night when the president told the same republicans the country expects more. >> they don't expect those of us in this
Feb 21, 2013 9:00pm PST
elections in years... >> decision day, voters across america head to the polls for midterm elections, with control of congress hanging in the balance... >> 435 house seats are in contention... >> and on top of that, 37 senate races and 37 governor's races will also be decided today... >> narrator: november 2010. president barack obama anxiously waited for the midterm election results. >> you can't understand what happened in the budget crisis that ensue and that still hovers, without understanding the 2010 elections, because that's the whole deal. >> an historic election for the republican party... >> narrator: and later that evening... >> it's a whole new political world for the president... >> narrator: he knew the worst. >> a whole new day in washington... >> well, it was obviously a sobering outcome, the midterm. he was very unhappy and sad about the loss. we had a meeting at the white house, and the president began by saying, "we got our butts kicked, and there's no doubt about it." >> now the republicans back in power the house of representatives... >> narrator: his party had d
Feb 23, 2013 10:30pm PST
we made some other nominations according to the advice of elections, around the circulation of badges and filing fees, i would also like to ask the rules committee to consider making some amendments today, further clean-up of this legislation, one is to section 205 and this would push back the nomination deadline for all candidates to match those of the mayor and the board of supervisors so this would be by the 146 day before the municipal election, it also specifies the period by which the candidates and the mayor of supervisor may circulate their nomination papers. section 220 and 260 follow along the lines of this clean-up just specifying the date for mayor and board of supervisor must withdraw their statement and specifying the dates by which all other candidates must withdraw and many of you remember this conversation from last year when we were reforming public finance, there was a concern that the way the previous deadline had been that we often trapped candidates into continued to run for a race because they had already received public financing disfigurement, the ghost
Feb 17, 2013 1:30pm EST
kinds of gaps. and so when electoral gatekeepers like party leaders or elected officials or political activists encourage people to run for office, they're very likely to take them up on that suggestion. and we have seen increased encouragement especially among african-americans and latinos. >> host: professor lawless, you walk through a couple case studies where you give examples throughout here. what's an example of somebody who woke up or developed an interest in policy and ran for office successfully? >> guest: well, i think bill clinton is the most obvious example. um, he writes in his memoir that sometime in his 16th year he decided that politics was the real calling for him. and so at that point he became very cognizant of the idea that he wanted to run, and he began looking for electoral opportunities. so when he was in his open 20s and there was an open congressional seat in arkansas, he figured that was a good time to throw his hat into the ring. and he thought even if he lost that race, there would still be a good shot, that he would perform well enough not to ruin his poli
Feb 18, 2013 12:00am PST
and so many in the republican party seem to say no, tpwhever had an election. there's still a divide? >> he said because the party does not have the house. probably talking very differently if they did. the other thing, chris, especially after re-election, the opposition party is usually pretty angry they lost it. 1937 republicans tried to cut down franklin roosevelt in congress, bringing his mandate down to size. democrats try to do the same thing to richard nixon in '73, even before watergate. chris: you think it's a normal pattern? everyone agree we're watching normal intransigence? i'm watching them fight this hagel nomination so far successfully. they don't seem like they're in awe of the president at all. >> no, but i think it's weakened a little bit. the unanimousty of republicans weakened. we saw republicans break off agree on the fiscal cliff deal. we saw breakoff on the sandy aid and starting to see some break off on immigration. it's certainly true they continue to be very hard on the president but not quite as hard as they were much of the first term. >> we know historica
Feb 18, 2013 7:30am EST
don't want to elect anyone who's over 70. benedict xvi was 78 when he was elected eight years ago. but i think the big choice really facing them is whether they are going to go outside of europe really for the first time in the modern era, the first time almost ever, and pick someone from the southern hemisphere, from latin america, asia or africa, really where the catholic church is booming, which is the real future of the church there, and are they going to pick a pope who reflects that growth. >> tom? >> well, i think the cardinals are going to be looking for three things. one, somebody who they think will make a good pope, which means somebody who agrees with them on their values and what they think of the vision of the church. the second is someone that they can have a personal relationship with. i mean they'd really like to have a friend in the pope. and third, i think they want someone who will be accepted and liked in their own country. i mean, you think, for example, of the cardinals that live in countries with lots of muslims. you don't want the pope saying something that upset
Feb 21, 2013 5:30am PST
resignation being accepted. then this country will go into general election mode. speculation that the moment, but it could be as early as april, where there was an election scheduled for july. the president will speak on an outline the way ahead for bulgaria. and then the parties will start their campaigning. they have been accusing each other of letting down the country and letting down the economy during the debate in parliament behind me. >> mean while there were confrontations between protesters and demonstrators in greece. demonstrators are demanding a halt to planned spending cuts and tax hikes. one-third of the 11 million people in greece are unemployed. an associate of -- of a singapore businessman expected of being part of a global match fixing scandal has been arrested in italy. the interval investigation, conducted with the health of -- help of fifa, authorities were tipped off by italian officials. >> delegates have been here for the last few days, discussing how endemic the problem of match fixing is a cross football. they have acknowledged max fixing, a multimillion-dollar busi
Feb 18, 2013 5:00pm EST
today is about high-stakes elections. both parties have a chance to control government and have very different views about what should be done. because of this, parses want to organize and coordinate but campaign finance laws but restraint of that. laws were designed during canada-centered elections and parties to an answer that much. we did it matter that much. we knew where the money was coming from. now we have super pacs and there is a severe mismatch between a high stakes system an old- fashioned laws that force money outside the regulated system and things will only get worse as every member of congress wants their own super pac and we're going to have an arms race. i don't see it becoming evidence that citizens united will have an impact on this. let me start with redistribution. total spending did not explode like many said. at least it doesn't seem that way from initial estimates. total spending was about the same or slightly less compared to 2008 based on estimates by the center for responsive politics. re close to the previous election and it includes all spending. same is
Feb 16, 2013 6:00am EST
membership. >>> after the last mid term elections in 2010, the one where the republicans did so well, after those mid terms, the first major special election that got a lot of national attention ended up being being this one, right? the scott brown senate race in massachusetts. long-time democratic senator ted kennedy had died during his term in office. so they held a special election to fill ted kennedy's seat in january 2011. after the november '10 mid terms. republicans were over the moon with how well they did in midterms. then they were over the moon and over the moon again when this previously unknown republican state legislature scott brown won that u.s. senate seat and found himself going to washington. now scott brown did not stay there long. he ended up serving only a partial term in ted kennedy's seat. when he had to defend that seat in this last election in november, he lost the seat as an incumbent by eight points. scott brown and herman cain were both announced this week as the latest contributors on the fox news channel. so that is what scott brown will be doing now wi
Feb 24, 2013 2:00pm PST
. italians have been voting on the first day of an election. many will register their disillusionment with mainstream politicians by supporting the anti-establishment movement. the vote is being closely watched around the eurozone. in a moment we will be live in a row. first, this report from naples. >> after 15 months of unelected government by non-politicians, it is time to turn democracy back on in italy. is a prospect not everyone is excited by. attempting a comeback, but berlusconi here getting a taste of public anger at a polling station. his alliance is in second place but political opposition makes a berlusconi return to government unlikely. >> i think there will be other elections. it will be worse than this one. there will be more protests. i see instability. >> we hope for us and our children and the future we are better off. there are others behind us. >> the interim government of technocrats led by mario monti may have played a part in pulling italy back from the economic brink but it plunged the country into austerity, prolonging its worst recession in 20 years. boaters
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Feb 17, 2013 8:00am PST
them ton who is it that we are voting for? we are crales in america and a year long of electing a president. in rome, it is the opposite. they have a short time to find out who the best and have the leadership and also be a presence . that's why there will not be a conclave for several weeks, they are there to find out who are the candidates and leaderless. they are getting to know each other. the greatness of the church is the universality of the church . weakness in this case, they're spread all over the world many cardinals may not have met each other and would have to vote. >> you have a sense . front runner and who they're looking at? >> i am a local pride. i think cardinal timothy doll an is holy and smart and fun i and self deprecate whether or not they would turn to an american i don't know. cardinal george from chicago has all of the tickets as well. wonderful holy man and they return to america, i doubt it but it would be wonderful if they trusted a guy like timothy dollan. he's only in the 60s. but a larger european block and they'll dominate the initial vote. perhaps i
Feb 22, 2013 6:00am EST
important political battles the democratic party both in the 2008 and 2012 elections, he served as director of paid media for president obama's campaign. jim messina start his career as a college senior and quickly rose to prominence in campaigns across the country. he became president obama's deputy chief of staff or operations in 2009 and went on to become the manager of obama's reelection campaign in 2012. beth myers started with the reagan camp in 1980 and has been in politics ever since. she worked with governor romney census 2010 campaigned for the governorship when she served as his chief of staff and was most recently a top adviser for the romney campaign, for the presidency. she's this weeks one of the inaugural fellows for the institute of politics. jen o'malley-dillon was quickly from being an advocate in college to career working on several democratic campaigns over the years. in 2008 she served as the battleground states director for the obama campaign, and was a deputy campaign manager for his successful bid. matthew rhoades has been a lead strategist for the republic
Feb 21, 2013 11:00pm PST
change the underlying facts that democrats, including the newly elected -- re-elected president, are on the hook for this just as much as the republicans are. neither side have effectively dealt with this. we've left simpson/bowles sitting on the sidelines. we've now had simpson/bowles two, no one is talking about that. sequester is something that both democrats and republicans put on the table. and now everyone is acting like, oh, my god, we're going to do this? come on. >> so the republicans are losing the fight over public opinion, governor. it's usually important in politics, public opinion. >> it's not important until it's time for an election. >> and the republicans are losing the fight and democrats are winning it, and the question is who is playing fair here? i don't think boehner is at fault. i think boehner's problem -- and i use the phrase feeding time at the zoo very accurately -- i think he's keeping the right wing of his party now satisfied. they want the sequestration. they don't mind if government takes a big hit. that's what they have been trying to do for years. don't
Feb 18, 2013 1:30am EST
your book "becoming a candidate" you have a chart, the elected officials there are in the united states. >> guest: over 500,000 because so many are at the local level rethink 5305 elected officials of the president and vice president and congress put the system is set up so people run for office. we have races for hundreds of thousands of positions so if people get involved they don't have to go through a congressional campaign or rifling through their trash trash, most offices garner little attention and provide an opportunity to bring about positive change. >> host: jennifer lawless what would turn a candidate off? negative campaigning. >> and betty says they hated but mark my words the minute you find yourself with the opportunity old -- use these it. if you engage in a negative campaign and your opponent is doing it finishes a close competitive race in you need to differentiate. we have reached a point* in politics we have completed the notion of attacking a person versus the position. and negative campaign is where you differentiate yourself on the issues you don't have to take dow
Feb 19, 2013 5:30pm EST
nations. there has been no agreement on a constitution. there were supposed to be elections in constitution but that is not happening. people are eager and they thought this was a historic opportunity with the assassination of a leftist political leader for government of technocrats that could move forward. these parties cannot agree on the elections. >> what is likely to happen next? >> i think unfortunately further polarization. there is fears that a teenager will be similar to egypt in terms of increasing street violence. two nations are proud. they have a liberal and secular outlook and will not be like egypt. one analyst pointed out that this is -- there are two different views. that is what is planning out in a tunisian and egypt. this is not chaos. this is a classic in high-stakes political struggle. >> which one will triumph in the end? >> the key theoretically would be elections. you'd have a clear victor. there were elections in tunisia. the islamist did very well. they never had power before but many people have been disappointed with the government and the way the w
Feb 16, 2013 7:00pm EST
against me. it was slapped on me during the last government. it is ridiculous. but before the election, people knew about it. that is why i won by 30,000 votes. >> a lot of people find it hard to understand how ministers, such as yourself, and other politicians can a whole lot if they are facing serious charges themselves. >> just charging someone is not enough. you have to wait until you are convicted. anyone can be charged for any number of reasons. >> but in many other countries, many other democracies, if we could carry on -- >> please, stop the camera. >> why do you want to stop the camera? >> the minister is gone. his supporters made their feelings clear. for many, this is a harsh place. millions live in extreme poverty. their lives governed by religion and caste. many women never even report an assault, due to the social stigma. we are looking for the woman that the minister is accused of raping. "how do i know" says a neighbor. against a wall of silence. they seem almost too scared to tell us where she is. one person asks who will save them if they go against the establishment.
Feb 22, 2013 12:00am PST
how his grandson helped get obama re-elected. >> it's something he cannot deny, and it stuck with him the rest of the election. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening, san diego, california, for an exclusive interview with former president jimmy carter, we'll get to that but in a few hours, oscar pistorius will intera courtroom with the hopes of leaving a free man. the latest? the lead investigator accused of attempted murder. pistorius says he didn't mean to keel reeva steenkamp. he thought he was shooting an intruder. prosecutors call it premeditated murder. joining us now is a close friend of oscar pistorius who spent a lot of time with the couple. welcome to you, kevyn lorena. my sincere condolences to you in the loss of your friend reeva, and oscar pistorius who is facing his own life ruined. what is your reaction to the events in the court this week? it will come down to the end of whether people believe oscar's version of events. >> it's been a hard week for a lot of south africans. oscar was my friend. reeva was my friend. you have to stand by your friends, no matter
Feb 23, 2013 4:30pm EST
important political battles both in 2008 and 2012 elections. he served in the obama campaign. jim messina quickly rose to prominence across the country. he became the obama deputy chief of staff for 2009 and went on to become the manager of the obama reelection campaign in 2012. she worked with governor romney where she then served as his chief of staff and was a top adviser for the romney campaign. ms. myers is one of the inaugural fellows. in 2008, she served as a battleground state erector for the obama campaign. matt rhoades has been a lead strategist for the republican national committee. he was a research analyst in the 2000 elections. he was the director of research for the 2004 bush campaign. he was the campaign manager for romney. stuart stephens has gone on to elect more governors than any other current republican media consultant. he has also worked on campaigns overseas. he was involved in that media image for romney in 2008 and was a senior strategist for the presidential campaign in 2012. finally, our moderator for tonight is mr. chuck todd. he has experience as an editor an
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